East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Tour Report of the East Garden of the Imperial Palace on 3 February 2024 – Wait for Spring time

East Gardens of the Imperial Palace

Thank you for choosing our tour at East garden of Imperial Prerace on February 3rd 2024. We welcomed 5 guests from Germany, and India.

Start with a family with 7month cutie kid from Berline/Germany, at Wadakura-mon gate we welcomed a Family from India. I hope all of you enjoyed and shared interesting conversations with us during the tour. As promised, group photos and snapshots are attached to remember the fun times we had.

Feb 3rd, it is called “SETSUBUN” as a last day of winter, and now we are standing  just before Spring, “RISSHUN”, according to a Japanese luna calendar.  We could see a “Mamemaki” (throwing roasted soy beans) event at most Shrine and Temples, saying “Oni wa soto(Devils out), Fuku wa Uchi(Happiness in)” .  It is said people eat beans as many as your age, then you could alive more with happiness. How come if my age is 70 ?

Also there is an old song, DODOITSU that initially introduced at late EDO Era. “UME WA SAITAKA? SAKURA WA MADKAINA?” mean Does Flower of Plume open ?  How about Cherry Blossom?”  It is really song of current time of season.  By the way , we could see Plume blossoms now in the garden, also if you are lucky you cloud see Uguisu (Japanese Nightingale), and hope we see Cheery blossoms a month later.

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Teruo wrote